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International Day of Happiness 2017 – Small Smurfs Big Goals

Smurfs like eating big Smurfberry pies and singing happy songs, but it’s only fun when everyone in Smurf Village has enough to eat and has no worries. So when the Smurfs heard that the United Nations has a big plan to protect all people and the planet, they had to be a part of it. With their boundless energy and positive attitude, the Smurfs are a great choice to help the United Nations celebrate this year’s International Day of Happiness on 20 March by promoting the Sustainable Development Goals. The Goals aim to protect people and our planet so we can all live the happiest lives possible.

Learn more and take action by visiting Smurfs special website: http://www.smallsmurfsbiggoals.com/ and more about Sustainable Development
http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/

 

UN and Private Sector to Create New Partnership Platform to Generate Financing Solutions for the SDGs

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New York, 10 October –United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the launch of a new platform for scaling up innovative finance solutions to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 at a meeting with high-level officials from Ministries of finance and foreign affairs, together with leaders from major global financial institutions

The Secretary-General, in an address to the high-level finance gathering, said, “This global initiative can support the identification and piloting of innovative finance instruments that can drive investment and support well thought-out SDG interventions”.

 

Support for the Sustainable Development Goals Goes Global!

In September 2015 the Sustainable Development Goals were introduced to the world – and since then the UN and Partners have been working towards their success – including outreach to children, institutions and other partners globally. This is a short clip of outreach activities implemented by our UN offices globally expertly edited by Project Everyone. Enjoy!

New Report Identifies Strategies to Finance the SDGs and Climate Action

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 21 September 2016 – Strategies to shift capital towards investments that generate climate action and sustainable development were discussed at the United Nations today at a high-level event to discuss a new report titled “Links in the Chain of Sustainable Finance: Accelerating Private Investments for the SDGs, including Climate Action.”

The high-level event was opened by the President of the UN General Assembly H.E. Peter Thomson and chaired by his predecessor H.E. Mogens Lykketoft.

Discussions were centred around the report, commissioned by President of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly, Mr Lykketoft, and written by Brookings Institution scholars Homi Karas and John McArthur. Similar reports from UNEP and from the New Climate Economy were also discussed.

Over 140 World Leaders Gather at UN in New York

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19-23 September

Since the unanimous adoption of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the cornerstone of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015, governments, the private sector and civil society are quickly moving to take the action that we need to end poverty, address inequalities and tackle climate change by 2030.

To mark the first year anniversary, a number of high-level events and side events are taking place from 19 to 23 September.

Who:    
Heads of State and Government, joined by leaders from the private sector, civil society organisations, academia and senior UN officials

What:  
Key intergovernmental events plus dozens of other meetings and side events by governments, UN agencies and leaders from civil society, foundations and the private sector will raise awareness around many issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals. Please note all events listed below are subject to change.

When: 
19-23 September 2016, with more events occurring before and after

Where: 
United Nations Headquarters (and surrounding venues)
High-level events will be webcast live at http://webtv.un.org/

 Next page for information on events and their contacts

Regional Representative for the Office of the High Commissioner Visits Canberra

On the 14 September the Regional Representative for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Dr Chitra Massey traveled to Canberra at the beginning of her mission to Australia.
 
During her visit to the Capital UNIC Canberra arranged a diplomatic briefing during which Dr Massey spoke about human rights challenges across the Pacific. 
 
She spoke about a recent visit to the Nauru detention centre in mid-August, describing the negative effects of incarceration on the detainees, particularly on children. Asked to elaborate further, she said her office had noted cases of rape, robbing and brutality in the centre and the systemic self- harming practices including by children as young as six.
For the Regional Representatives audio interview on Nauru please go to: http://bit.ly/2cy1KN5

Secretary-General’s Remarks at G20 Summit Session on Inclusive and Interconnected Development

5 September, 2016

Excellencies,

Last year, many of you were in New York to celebrate the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a universal, integrated and transformative plan of action for peace and prosperity for all on a healthy planet.

To achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, we need change in our economies, in our societies, and in our relationship with the environment.

We need balanced, inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

As we increase our economic activity through innovation and structural reform, we must dramatically reduce our environmental footprint.

We must address the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable first, and make sure we leave no one behind.

Secretary-General’s Press Conference at G20 Summit in China

4 September 2016

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the media,

I am very pleased to participate in this G20 Summit meeting in Hangzhou and this morning, I would like to share some thoughts of mine, and the United Nations concerns, which may be your concerns, international concerns.

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This is my eleventh G20 Summit as Secretary-General of the United Nations. As you may know, this is one of the few last months for me as Secretary-General of the United Nations. My mandate ends 31 December, so this is will be my last G20 Summit meeting.

Ladies and gentlemen, first of all, I would like to begin by congratulating President Xi Jinping and Chinese people and Government for successfully hosting and wonderfully organizing this G20 Summit meeting and I welcome the Summit’s focus on the Sustainable Development Goals – our new framework to advance peace and prosperity for all of us and for a healthy planet.

I continue to urge all countries to align their national policies, socio-economic policies, programmes and investment behind these Sustainable Development Goals.

UN Forum in Bangkok Calls For Joint Action to Improve Statistics For Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

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26 August, 2016

Bangkok (ESCAP News) — Asia-Pacific policymakers and statisticians convened at a United Nations conference in Bangkok this week to improve statistics for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development requires governments to develop statistics that can support integrated planning and analysis across economic, social and environmental development pillars. Meeting this new challenge requires transformative change in national statistical systems – the region’s traditional producers of official statistics.

In response, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in partnership with the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) organized a three-day conference from 24 to 26 August, to outline the region’s aspirations in a collective vision and framework for action aimed at advancing official statistics for the 2030 Agenda.